Ill. children can get free vaccines

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Parents can get their children free immunizations without appointments this week for National Infant Immunization Week.

Doctors say vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat. Immunizations help protect children from 14 potentially deadly diseases like polio, measles, mumps and chickenpox.

Children whose parents cannot afford vaccines can get them free through a federally funded program.

National Immunization Survey Data shows vaccination rates are increasing. Now 73% of children are receiving six vaccines.

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